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An unusual ride

An unusual ride
May 09, 2014, 12:53:22 PM
A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by his side a countryman passed them and said, "You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?" So the man put the boy on the donkey, and they went on their way.
But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, "See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides."
So the man ordered his boy to get off, and got on himself. But they had not gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, "Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along."
Well, the man didn't know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passersby began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at.
The men said, "Aren't you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours you and your hulking son?"
The man and boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, until at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey's feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders.
They went along amid the laughter of all who met them until they came to a bridge, when the donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the donkey fell over the bridge, and his forefeet being tied together, he was drowned.

People view themselves as independent, but they always fall prey to the opinion of others. They are slaves. Everyday i see people who seek some new stance in relation to life. Their perspectives are always in transformation, their souls always in agitation.

They live among truth, but do not recognize it. Their lifes are a constant wandering through what others say its the right thing to do they lack solid foundations.

The knowing of the path is vital in this quest. However, there is something more definitive than that: life itself.

Independence is all about the realization of life. (with your donkey alive ;))

If you have that, you can happily die.

Re: An unusual ride
May 09, 2014, 02:59:22 PM
A remarkable parable/metaphor. Although, being one, it will remain impenetrable to far too many.